Ron Jacobs

Studies theory and culture of mass media, politics and democracy

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Ron Jacobs

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology

Theory, culture and mass media; politics and democracy

Campus phone: (518) 442-4666
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Professor Jacobs’s areas of interest include social theory, cultural and political sociology, mass media, and civil society. His research has examined racial crisis, the sociology of news production, the relationship between African-American and “mainstream” public spheres, and the use of narrative methods for studying discourse.

He is currently working on two new research projects investigating media and the public sphere. The first is a study of media opinion and commentary, while the second is an examination of television, entertainment media, and the aesthetic public sphere.